AMERICA/HAITI - Unity and Mercy, the closing of the Jubilee in a suffering country

Tuesday, 8 November 2016 earthquake   evangelization   poverty   area crisis  

Port au Prince (Agenzia Fides) - Cardinal Chibly Langlois, Bishop of Les Cayes, along with the other Bishops of Haiti, celebrated the closing of the Jubilee of Mercy last Sunday, November 6, with the participation of a large number of faithful. The ceremony, organized by the Haitian Bishops' Conference, was held in the Silvio Cator National Stadium in the capital, and was also attended by Acting President, Jocelerme Privert, with other government authorities.
In his homily, the Cardinal spoke of unity and mercy that are necessary for the Catholic faithful and for all Haitians.
Just days before, Cardinal Langlois had said: "In a country where more than eight out of 10 people live in poverty and half of the country lives in extreme poverty, economic problems become more and more serious, which leads to violence in poor neighborhoods and migration both within and outside the country".
Cardinal Langlois continued: "we are a country vulnerable to catastrophic natural disasters, such as hurricane Matthew, which hit the island last October 4". "There are still people living in tents. There are still people living in houses that are only temporary housing. People still live in conditions that remain precarious".
"Despite the continued fragility of Haiti, there are also many strong points in the country, including solidarity that exists among Haitians in Haiti, who are about 10 million, and with the Haitians of the diaspora, who are about 2 million and live in other countries". (CE) (Agenzia Fides, 08/11/2016)